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Feb 24, 2013 2:00pm EST
economy. they will add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment roles. this is not an exaggeration. they will lose jobs. >> as the white house warns the sequester blame game has started. live with us secretary of transportation ray lahood who sounded a pretty loud alarm bell on friday. mr. secretary, good morning. good to have you here. >> good morning. >> you talked friday about a calamity in our air service system in america, a billion dollars in cuts that have to be made at the department of transportation, $600 million from the faa, 47,000 faa employees will need to be furloughed at least one day per pay period. is it still going to be safe for the american public to fly if this sequester goes forward. >> one thing we never compromise on is safety. we will never take a back seat to safety. safety will not be compromised. but we will have work with the airlines in slowing planes down. but there will be enough controllers to make sure planes are guided in and out of airports safely. >> this is about aggravation, not about safety. >> look, this is a huge cut. it's a b
MSNBC
Feb 19, 2013 10:00am EST
and saying this affects the broader economy and the republicans acknowledge that but are not ready to go back to the negotiating table right now. >> ken, i guess the other point here is that, you know, if the sequester happens and, for example, in "the washington times" today, they talked about the ripple effect on defense contractors and the thousands of jobs that they are preparing to have layoffs for because of the threat of sequester. i mean, who gets the blame if the economy starts to tank? >> right. well, congress gets the blame more generally and that is what i think is sort of lost here in the jockeying, the positioning and pointing fingers at both sides. we already see historic negative approval ratings for congress. it's only going to get down to both parties detriment. however, i do think the president, by virtue of having this bully pulpit we will see him exercise later this morning and presumely for the next several days, does have a little bit of the upper hand here. i'm not sure if it's quite so much that he can convince republicans to accept additional tax increases
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Feb 16, 2013 10:00am EST
national economy and the personal safety. as president, eisenhower set out to gather national support complete with a made-for-tv style campaign ad. >> in this century, america has become a nation on wheels. we ride on wheels to work, to shop, to play, to go about any place we want to go. we depend on wheels to bring us the food we eat and the clothes we wear and the things that we use, but when we depend on wheels, we depend also on highways. >> but of course, as all things in washington tend to go, the 34th president struggled with the lack of consensus. governors, democrat and republican, fought eisenhower e on with what they called his plan for the biggest federal aid programs, calling the republican president to task for running away from his staunch opposition to federal encroachment on state sovereignty. it was in fact the democratic senator from virginia, harry byrd, who tried to block eisenhower's plan, and byrd was known as a pay as you go man, and he had a wild hatred for debt. after a lot of coalition building president dwightize n eisenhow eisenhower's dream became a real
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Feb 19, 2013 3:00am EST
the economy a total bust. tonight the truth on our spending problem. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> there you go. good job. >> four years after the stimulus saved us from depression, republicans are dragging us into recession. >> spending is the problem. >> tonight the facts versus republican fantasy on the economy and the sequester. >> we have had a massive cover-up on the part -- >> but a massive cover-up of what? >> john mccain is at it again. >> do you care whether four americans died? >> retired colonel lawrence wilkerson on the blind republican rage over benghazi. >>> the luv gov is hitting the trail again. >> i'm a bottom line kind of guy. it's going to hurt. >> we'll show you his questionable ad. >>> plus, marco rubio disagrees with his own immigration plan because the president likes it. >>> mississippi finally got around to banning slavery this month. >>> and the oscar-nominated movie "silver linings playbook" is shining new light on treating mental illness. director david o. russell joins me tonight for the conversation. good to have you with us tonight, folks
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Feb 19, 2013 11:00pm EST
it's seriously going to kill the economy. liberals, hold your ground. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> are you willing to see a bunch of first responders lose their job because you want to protect some special interest tax loophole? >> the president takes his case to the people as the two salesmen for republican austerity are mobbed by protesters. >> pay your share of taxes. >> pay your tax. >> tonight, "time's" michael grunwald, jonathan alter and katrina vanden heuvel on how to dismantle the austerity bomb. >> 10,000 bucks? >>> the godfather of the conservative movement offers romney pocket change to anyone who can save the republican party. i'll show you why it's a lost cause. >>> plus, a virginia pizza shop owner uses a sick promotion to sell pies and push the nra agenda. >>> the beltway press takes their eye off the ball, complaining about obama and tiger woods. the least popular senator is desperately attacking ashley judd. >>> and david corn, the co-author of "hubris" and co-author of the msnbc documentary tells me what was left out. >> i'm sure the administration co
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Feb 15, 2013 10:00pm EST
me if you agree with it. it is not a free lunch, but doesn't slam the economy with a lot of job loss. there may be a little bit of job loss, but not too much. business absorbs the cost, they pass them on to the customers or stockholders in the form of lower profits. so it takes the income in the middle and redistributes it towards the bottom. who knows whether it has a serious chance of passing? but that is a serious chance of passing the inequality. >> and it is kind of a dirty word in american politics. but as i understand the white house's theory at this point in time i think they see the economy has having changed in certain ways, such as a lot of gains are going to keep up with it at the top. and a lot of gains are going to corporate profits. one role for the government to play, that sharing has to come from government policy. they see that as what you need to keep a strong consensus for sort of a pro-growth capitalism. i want to see if you agree with it. >> one of the things i remember talking about in 2008, when very few people knew who austin goolsby, he would say this i
MSNBC
Feb 21, 2013 3:00am EST
hurt the economy. but what the president didn't mention, that the sequester, that was his idea in the first place. >> not smart, not fair, it was his idea? let's keep adding it up, boys. today john boehner fired off his latest shot in this blame game. he took to the pages of the "wall street journal" to accuse the president of the united states of creating a financial crisis. boehner said the president's sequester is now eminent. but the daily beast website released some information today to knock down boehner's accusations. you see, back in 2011, boehner's office developed a power point presentation for house republicans. it was a two-step approach, but it actually contained three steps. first of all, no tax hikes. of course that's typical. spending cuts extending the debt ceiling increase, and spending caps. but while pushing those spending caps, boehner did what? he highlighted a special trigger mechanism -- sequestration. boehner was selling this idea to his caucus as a good way to make sure that they were going to be able to get the cuts that they really wanted. boehner loved the
MSNBC
Feb 23, 2013 10:00am EST
economy. that was the detroit represented by the three big auto manufacturers whose failure would have symbolized to many of us the very failure of america, and that detroit as the obama for america campaign reminded us repeatedly, is now very much alive and kicking. but that detroit, the detroit we all want to see survive, exists in the entire country, not within any specific municipal bounds. then there is the literal detroit, the one where people live, the renaissance city founded initially in 1701. once it was a hub for mechanical manufacturing and detroit in the mid 20th century was a magnet for those looking for work. the city's population grew to more than 1.8 million residents in the 1950s. today, according to the latest census, detroit is the only -- the country's 18th largest city with just more than 700,000 inhabitants, for a city that covers almost 139 square miles. a space that san francisco, boston and manhattan could fit in with room to spare. there are so many factors contributing to the city's financial distress but among them, an 18.2% unemployment rate and there
MSNBC
Feb 20, 2013 12:00pm EST
into effect, it's bad management for the macro economy, for large programs, of course, but that said and the recent notes of the market freaking out, it is not doomsday. we have a tendency in washington of wildly overhyping everything we do. this is not like the debt ceiling or even the fiscal cliff. this is not doomsday even if it does happen. it's just stupid and we shouldn't do it. >> ezra, a couple of things here. first of all, for a long time, the stock market and the economy, as from the perspective of working people, have been at least two different things, correct? one thing, you can see the stock market doing fine. that might have a lot more to do with china than what is to happen march 1st. secondly, let's say nothing happens. the unemployment rate is stuck around 8%. this is a pretty lousy time for nothing to happen. in fact, if you look at the cbo projections, the projection with the sequester taking effect is for the unemployment rate to be 7.9% the first half of this year, 8% for the second half of this year. so, basically stuck at a place that's really very disadvantag
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Feb 21, 2013 10:00am EST
priority i think is the economy. they're still struggling to keep a job or find a job. i think that is his top priority far and away, but he'll have to pursue other things at the same time. the good news is that is happening and i think it's happening successfully. we see is the congress coming together on immigration like it never has in my memory. we also see great progress i think on the gun issue with mushrooming of support for universal background checks. the good news is we'll be able to tackle many issues at the same time, but the president does have to prioritize the economy and that's what he's been doing. >> joe biden has been his point man. he'll be in connecticut today, pushing some gun legislation, but realistically, looking at the way congress has been and the dearth of pleasurements they've had in any significant way, do you really think that they can deal with with the sequester and gun control legislation passed as well at the same time? >> well, it's a heavy challenge. just the sequester, frankly, is the biggest because the gop is not of one mind but i think we will have
MSNBC
Feb 20, 2013 10:00am EST
economy starts to feel the impact before thousands of people lose their jobs? >> it absolutely should. that would be the responsible thing to do. >> congressman joaquin castro, come back again, it's good to see you. >> i will. >> i want to play a part of what president obama said yesterday about the sequester. take say listen. >> border patrol agents will see their hours reduced. fbi agents will be furloughed. federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks. >> the new york times did reporting and found that those things obviously may happen eventually, but march 1st is not going to be some date when all of a sudden everything happens. and they actually think many members of congress have more time to play with. how is that perception playing in to the sense of urgency on capitol hill? >> if the president isn't able to rally the public and build public opinion that this is a bad thing, it's going to be -- i think the public has been told the sky is falling a lot by this congress. if it doesn't fall on ma
MSNBC
Feb 22, 2013 8:00pm EST
not pay for them, that we are strong as a nation, and our economy is strong enough to recover from this piece by piece. what about that? >> well, this is where i would be critical of the president, ed. i think we would have faster economic recovery if we weren't laying off police officers and firefighters and school teachers all over the country. if you look at the reagan era, one of the things reagan did was a huge ramp-up when the economy was in trouble of government employees. but without question, the deficit is coming down to where it should be. which is slightly above spending or a balanced budget. it's going in that direction. the president has had the smallest growth in discretionary spending in numerous presidents as opposed to the big spender george w. bush who came ahead of him. >> dave, stay with us. i want to bring in steve benen, msnbc contributor. good to have you with us tonight. why are mainstream journalists repeating this lie about president obama not having a plan to replace sequester? >> well, i can only speculate about what brooks and others are thinking. but
MSNBC
Feb 18, 2013 4:00am EST
actually capable of doing? i mean, you talk about the economy and jobs. there is, obviously, debate how many jobs have actually been created in the economy. look. you pointed out to apple ceo, tim cook was in the audience in the state of the union. he is sitting on over 171 million dollars in cash at apple. why? because uncertainty in the marketplace. tom friedman writing this morning something that caught my eye. he said you can feel the economy wants to launch but washington is sitting on the national mute button. we the people feel like the children of permanently divorcing parents. how does this sequestered business end? the president said during the campaign the sequester, the word for automatic spending cuts, he said it would not happen. is it going to happen? >> i always read tom friedman he has that good minnesota sensibility. >> you guys stick together. >> we do. the column today i think is continuation of that. frankly, i believe it's a continuation of exactly the plan the president laid out in detail in the state of the union on tuesday night. we have already made 2.5 tri
MSNBC
Feb 19, 2013 11:00am EST
than a growing economy that creates good, middle class jobs. that should be our driving focus. making american a magnet for good jobs. equipping our people with the skills required to fill those jobs and making sure their hard work leads to a decent living. those are the things we should be pushing ourselves to think about and work on every single day. that is what the american people expect. that's what i'm going to work on every single day to help deliver. so i need everybody who is watching today to understand we got a few days, congress can do the right thing. we can avert just one more washington manufactured problem that slows our recovery, and bring down our deficits in a balanced, responsible way. that's my goal. that's what would do right by these first responders. that's what would do right by america's middle class and what i'm going to be working on and fighting for, not just over the next few weeks, but over the next few years. thanks very much, everybody. thank you, guys, for your service. >> you're listening to the president deliver remarks there from the south court au
MSNBC
Feb 19, 2013 6:00pm EST
tuning in. tonight's lead. republicans trying to tank the economy again. today president obama called out the gop for refusing to stop catastrophic budget cuts due to hit next friday. cuts that could derail our entire economy. these cuts were never supposed to have happened. they were designed to be so awful that even republicans would see the light in compromise on a budget deal before they could take effect. but the gop refused. >> these cuts are not smart. they are not fair. they will hurt our economy. they will add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment rolls. this is not an abstraction. people will lose their jobs. >> people will lose their jobs. these cuts will effect huge parts of the economy. and cripple essential government services that millions of people rely on. >> emergency responders like the ones who are here today, their ability to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded. border patrol agents will see their hours reduced. fbi agents will be furloughed. federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. air tra
MSNBC
Feb 19, 2013 10:00pm EST
would be so painful for both sides. >> won't help the economy or create jobs, it will eviscerate the job-creating investments. >> just ten days left to prevent $85 billion in spending cuts. >> the sequester. >> the sequester. >> the sequester. >> it won't consider whether we're cutting some bloated program or a vital service. >> it doesn't make those distinctions. if congress allows this meat cleaver approach. >> people are getting hysterical. >> thousands of teachers will be laid off. >> the president is count iing the republicans again. >> the president promised it would happen, he is the commander-in-chief. >> he would like to replace it. he has not put details out there. >> there is a stalemate, just ten days -- >> these cuts are not fair. >> the sky is falling, the sky is falling. >> they don't have to happen. congress has to act. >>> tonight, another dramatic deadline is looming for the financing of the government of the united states of america. in just ten days, an unprecedented $1.2 trillion in spending cuts will begin to take effect. and you know what that means for con
MSNBC
Feb 20, 2013 2:00pm EST
economy and not both sides being able to go back to constituencies and say truthfully here's where i stood and it happened nevertheless. it benefits the republicans because their mantra is one of we are not going along with spending cuts without tax increases and we can't have tax increases on top of the 600 billion we went along with. the president made a pitch to independence by saying the word compromise. i'm for doing this in a manner that compromises. i think it's going to happen a week from friday without a vote and that is also to the benefit of the members because they won't be held accountable for it. >> is this the new normal that we came to expect? >> yes. >> how washington works and is it how our founding fathers designed our system to work? isn't there a catch 22 here as we beat congress over this and isn't this the way we were designed to work? >> i can't go that far back in history, but in modern times and the time i have been paying attention which is three decades, i don't think the polarization has been anything like it is today. this entire situation is really repr
MSNBC
Feb 23, 2013 12:00pm EST
. it's hanging over the economy. and you say like the airplane we are flying is going down and we're taking a break to watch the in-flight movie. so what are you talking about? is this sort of a lack of urgency from both sides? because there's no incentive for democrats nor republicans to cut a deal here? >> i am not saying that at all, alex. i'm saying that the house leadership on the republican side, which controls the schedule, controls the calendar, they have every power to bring us back to d.c., to go back to our desks on the floor of the house and work out the problem. with ten days to go before the ridiculous sequester takes place, we don't get called back to washington. instead, we have what we call a district work week scheduled. in other words, people are working on things other than averting this sequester. i think it's ridiculous. i think that even to see the republican house leadership working hardest on blaming president obama for the sequester is foolish. what we have is speaker boehner making posters about president obama trying to call it the obama-quester, sort of t
MSNBC
Feb 21, 2013 2:00am EST
. they're not necessary. they'll hurt our economy. they'll raise the unemployment rate. and the reason is because congress has not been able to compromise on a deficit reduction package that's more sensible. >> yesterday the president insisted sudden across-the-board spending cuts would be unnecessary and damaging and he made sure that first responders were there to punctuate the message. let's watch and listen. >> border patrol agents will see their hours reduced. fbi agents will be furloughed. federal prosecuts will have to close cases and let criminals go. air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays at airports across the country. thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. >> and keeping up the drum beat, house minority leader nancy pelosi will hold hearings on how middle class families could be hurt by the spending cuts that could kick in march 1st. joining me is u.s. congressman adam schiff of california. i was so impressed by the way you explained all of this this morning on msnbc. i'd like you to do it again. your tak
MSNBC
Feb 16, 2013 3:00am EST
savers to prop up these banks. that's the real impact to our economy. that's why pension funds are in trouble. it's a real fundamental problem here. >> but we can put on the table both you experts. we've got a senator from massachusetts who is should we say unspoiled and ready to do the work of the people on the banking committee. fair enough? >> absolutely. >> it's going to be fun. martin smith, david cay johnston, great to have you with us tonight. >>> remember to answer tonight's question there at the bottom of the screen. share your thoughts with us on twitter and at ed show on facebook. we want to know what you think. >>> ten years ago, the bush administration lied us into a war. rachel maddow and david corn are here to preview their new special that will make you really look at this story in a whole new different way. stay with us. >>> hans blix reported that his teams found no weapons inspection and sees sign iraq is starting to cooperate. in a further slap at powell, blix contradicted u.s. intelligence that issue has hidden weapons interest the inspectors. >> in no case have w
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Feb 21, 2013 8:00pm EST
. >> the era of liberalism is back. >> reporter: from guns to the economy, the people are behind the president, and new polling proves it. i'll ask the big congressional panel tonight how these numbers impact their fight for progress. >>> first jan brewer. then jon kasich. now rick scott is embracing obama's socialist vision for america. i'll tell you why the florida governor's flip on obama care shouldn't come as a big surprise. >>> plus, the great dan rather on the right-wing media infecting the political process. >>> shades of the o.j. trial after another blade runner bombshell. >>> a florida college names its stadium after a private prison. i'll tell you why that's an awful idea. >>> and fat cats beware. there's a brand new push to go after capital gains taxes. >> i don't know how much longer i'm going to do this. >>> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. most people who pick up a newspaper in this country go to the "usa today." it is still the most highly circulated paper in the country. this is what folks who picked up the "usa today" saw this morning. a
MSNBC
Feb 16, 2013 8:00am EST
. minimum wage increases may boost worker efficiency and add new demand to the economy by putting more money in the pockets of low-wage workers. the common gop -- about the low-wage workers, many are teenage workers, part time with summer jobs. in fact, 84% of the workers that would benefit are over 20 years old and nearly half that would benefit from the federal minimum wage increase are if you-time workers and over 54% have a combined family income of less than $40,000 a year. joining me is arindrajit dube from the university of massachusetts-amherst. great to have you all here. and i'm psyched about getting into the minimum wage literature because it is super -- it is really super interesting. the reason it is interesting and for is the story about how a minimum wage works is one of the basic, you know, u just draw a supply and demand curve and you think about the cost of labor and if you apply it in other places, right, if the government mandated that you had to sell a loaf of bread for over $5, what we would see is a shortage in bread. there would be less bread being sold because
MSNBC
Feb 20, 2013 6:00pm EST
on this economy and protecting all the economically vulnerable people you just mentioned and these guys are saying, no, more cults for the wealthy. >> so, again, it's once again way, way, way out 069 mainstr m mainstream. >> you had braught up about how this is something that they had voted for and i had said how they're trying to make it the president's sequester. the american people seem to be clear. americans in congress seem to have a 12% approval rating. americans seem to be clear on who's doing what for the american people. >> especially since the american party has made cutting spending their main mantra. once again, you're restating the republican goal. people would see this as what they always wanted to do. the idea of closing loopholes. this was just their standard for the presidency saying close loopholes. obama is saying let's do it, too. and it is very serious, the ramifications. ahead, the explosive town hall that reveals the ugly rhetoric of the republican base. >> most of the people that come across the border are illiterate, they don't speak english and they're a d
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Feb 18, 2013 12:00pm EST
contributed and continued to contribute to the economy, to the culture, to this society on a daily basis. many of them, a majority, have u.s.-born children. this is what really it's all about. these people are here to contribute and to remove that aspect, that 800 pound elephant from the discussion i think really is a disservice to people who contribute to the prices that we pay for our vegetables and fruits, to how the economy continues to run in this country. these people are looking for politicians both republicans and democrats, and i spoke to some democrats over the weekend who, quite frankly, are upset at this leak as much as senator rubio seems to say he is because they've been asking the president to keep his powder dry, to let them try to work behind the scenes to get something done with republicans who are in many ways looking, some of them, for any excuse to back out of any immigration reform. this is not helpful, and it's certainly not helpful to the folks that have hopes and dreams and aspirations to those coming out of the shadows. >> the republican party, increasingly, bec
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Feb 22, 2013 3:00pm EST
gasoline tax and it would take less out of the economy than the fuel efficiency standards. what do you think of that idea? >> i'm an advocate for all of these things. i think there's a time, we haven't raised the tax i think before reagan took office. that's a long time and we need to raise money somewhere to move ourselves forward toward renewables and the gas tax is a way to do that and, again, as the op-ed said, there's a better way to reduce the usage of gasoline than to increase the efficiency of cars. because, in fact, increasing the efficiency of cars, you get more miles to the gallon and people tend to drive more. >> makes you want to drive more. >> cheaper to drive. so, in fact, a gas tax hits immediately. drops the use of the amount of gasoline that each person uses. another way to move it forward and this is not as popular among the left with natural gas as a transport fuel. there's three attempts of congress in the last year and a half to move forward the natural gas conversation as a transport fuel and both sides of the aisle they have had problems with that. been two t. b
MSNBC
Feb 20, 2013 1:00pm EST
debt so it isn't growing faster than our economy can grow. that means entitlement reform. it means tax reform. everybody knows that. and we've got to get back to it. >> the president said that he's in favor of entitlement reform. he has been specific about dealing with medicare and some aspects of retirement, but has he been specific enough? i'm going to ask you about taxes in a minute, but from the president and the white house's perspective, as he put enough out there on the table to reel in the republicans and get them to negotiate seriously? >> well, i hope so. he's put some things on the table that his own troops didn't like, which is absolutely necessary. he had to do that to show that he was serious. one thing is the reform of the consumer price index, which is really a technical adjustment, but it would mean slightly lower social security benefits and other benefits going forward. now, you could offset that with other changes in the law, but it is the right thing to do. and his own troops were kind of unhappy about that, but he put it out there and he has certainly put medi
MSNBC
Feb 16, 2013 7:00am EST
central concerns. >> but the tea party issues on the economy and their, you know, deep concern about the $16 trillion ballooning deficit, are those concerns legit? >> concerns about the deficit are legitimate. the important thing to understand is that the republican party as a whole doesn't give a rat's patootie about the deficit. they can say they do all day, but if you are not for what the president calls a balanced approach, which all the experts say is the only way you will really address the deficit, a combination of steep budget cuts in certain areas and some tax increases in other areas, you cannot get from here to there in deficit reduction. so anybody who says that just budget cuts, no tax increases is not serious about reducing the deficit. and republicans have been a tax cut party, not a deficit reduction party for the last 25 years. >> when it comes to things have you in your house, one thing i love is this gathering of campaign buttons. >> yeah. >> where did that come from? >> that collection is actually my father's. >> adeli stevenson. i see a lot of that. >> they got invol
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Feb 18, 2013 10:00am EST
local economy and buying at stores and contributing and paying taxes so it is not necessarily a bad thing, but i think that people are a little tired of tying immigration to border security in many places. >> so let me just ask you more specifically because the republican criticism is the president hasn't done enough. the white house suggestion is that they in fact have done more for border security than has been done before and we know about the numbers of deportations. has the white house done enough? >> i think the white house has done quite a bit and frankly in today's political environment the truth is you always have to find something to complain about, something to throw rocks at, and border security just happens to be it for the time being or the conversation about the white house's essential a statement of principles, so i think in the current environment something is going to get done. you can tell by all the activity. you can tell by the fact that tempers are high right now and all of that bodes well for the final passage of the immigration bill this session of congress.
MSNBC
Feb 20, 2013 11:00am EST
, or would they rather put hundreds and thousands of jobs and our entire economy at risk just to protect a few special interest tax loopholes that benefit only the wealthiest americans and biggest corporations? that's the choice. >> the other side of the political game of chicken, house speaker john boehner in an op-ed calling the sequester a product of the president's own failed leadership and in the middle of that red meat rhetoric, a warning from leon panetta that the pentagon is preparing for furloughs even as obama hammers republicans on the sequester, he's reaching out on immigration. he placed calls to marco rubio, and john mccain -- >> they are sticking their necks out on this issue. what is frustrating for them, which you saw expressed in some of the things rubio said and paul ryan has said in the last couple of days, if they are going to stick their necks outs, they want to feel they have a partner with the white house. >> joining me right now is democratic congressman eric shifz zer. let's dive in to bring everybody up to speed on where we stand with nine days out on t
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Feb 18, 2013 10:00pm EST
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Feb 21, 2013 1:00pm EST
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Feb 18, 2013 4:00pm EST
immediately matter like what's happening with the economy. i have no idea what bobby jindal is doing but he's a little off base here. >> that's a fair condemnation. jonathan, paul ryan says he truly, honestly doesn't any if he's going to run for president in 2016. if that's the case though, then maybe he should tell his friends because one of them recently told politico and i'm quoting that ryan has no interest in the sheer grind of campaigning. it's hard to see him having what it takes. jonathan, if that's how his friends are talking about him now, what will his enemies say if mr. ryan does decide to throw his hat in the ring? >> well, they will say much worse, but if all the people we've been talking about as potential candidates, paul ryan is the one that has a legitimate claim to run. he's young, very smart, has his budget plan that's been passed twice and ignored an equal number of times. >> and derided by virtually every economist who says the math doesn't add up but now he's going to reduce the deficit and achievements not in 30 but in 10 careers but carry on. >> also add $6 trill
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Feb 18, 2013 7:00pm EST
lot on gay rights. if you combine that with health care, saving the economy, i think that would be big -- >> and also -- >> he's done equality, doma, getting rid of that, getting rid of the don't ask don't tell, pushing towards pretty much equality in marriage all the way, almost there, and then health care, of course, historic because every democrat since truman -- since roosevelt has been trying to do it. >> he grades himself on a tough curve. i remember when i visited him in his senate office years ago. the pictures he had on the wall were gandhi, lincoln, muhammad ali, and thurgood marshall. >> where was hannibal? >> hannibal wasn't there. but thurgood marshall was there, ali was there, gandhi was there, lincoln was there. that's the way he thinks of himself, and i think he's going to strive very hard to reach those goals that joy talked about. also more prosaically, he's got to make sure health care gets properly implemented. because if it doesn't -- and it's moving in his direction. >> right. >> and he plays -- you know, he's patient. one of the things about this president he'll
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Feb 22, 2013 5:00pm EST
lost by 5 million votes to a beatable incumbent presiding over an anemic economy. the explanation is not purely technical or personalality oriented at the national level. republicans have a winning message for a nation that no longer exists. you got to start with this, joy. it's a well-crafted sentence. they have a winning message for a nation that no longer exists. in all fairness, they didn't know it existed until the day after the election, sometime around 9:00 at night when we all saw virginia looking close. what he, goes og on? it looks like a new country is voting here. they're still playing to the old country. >> it's like they didn't get the message in 2008. a lot of people on the right thought 2008 was basically a fluke, but what they have missed is the mi nofert -- >> didn't you worry it was? >> actually, no, i thought barack obama was going to win to be honest with you. i didn't. because the thing is if you look at the trajectory of the minority share of the electorate, it's been growing by a pretty consistent 2% every four years. so if you look at the electorate when bill
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Feb 18, 2013 1:00pm EST
economy if the sequester stays in place. the theory is it's going to be pretty bad. congress could back fill some of those cuts april or may or down the road, could dump them a little bit more money to the pentagon and try to offset some of the damages. right now we really don't know, and there's really no one that has proposed anything that could pass both chambers at this point. >> jake sherman, thank you very much. good to see you. >> with our politico briefing. coming up next, to the vatican. s will the vatican now fast track the election of the new pope? we're live in rome next. ann thompson coming up right here on "andrea mitchell reports." [ male announcer ] here's a word you should keep in mind. unbiased. some brokerage firms are. but way too many aren't. why? because selling their funds makes them more money. which makes you wonder -- isn't that a conflict? search "proprietary mutual funds." yikes! then go to e-trade. we've got over 8,000 mutual funds, and not one of them has our name on it. we're in the business of finding the right investments for you. e-trade. less for us. m
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Feb 24, 2013 12:00pm EST
city, and the u.s. open in two weeks generates more revenue into the economy of the city than the yankees, mets, knicks, and rangers combined. it's a number somewhere north of $700 million each year. and there were those who opposed that notion. fortunately, we prevailed. >> your love of tennis. where did that come from? >> i was a tennis fan way back, because i had met arthur ashe and althea gibson. there was a place in scotch plains, new jersey, a small black country club with a nine-hole golf course called shady rest. it was 1975 at wimbledon, where arthur played jimmy connors. jimmy was number one in the world. arthur was not supposed to prevail, but he did. arthur was a dear friend, and i called him the day he made his announcement that he had aids. and i was not one of the few that knew, but i called, and i said, hey, man, what are you doing? he said i'm going to a press conference. i said what's it about? and he told me. i said, can i come? he said, sure. so i was standing there with him and jeannie, and you will recall seeing the news clips, he couldn't get through his sta
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Feb 20, 2013 9:00am EST
economy. those are big military towns. he wants to talk about infrastructure in what he talks about in the state of the union address. note that most of these markets are about military presence, so he wants potential questions about furloughs. white house is calling it a fix it first policy. the president will also revise his call for a private partnership to attract financing. third part of the plan calls for cutting red tape to get permits. >> if we upgrade our infrastructure, that'll bring even more jobs, and that's the attitude of a lot of companies all around the world. and i know you want these job-creating projects in your districts. i've seen those ribbon cuttings. all of this is designed to turn up the pressure on republicans by pushing budget consequences into share backyards. >> border patrol agents will see their hours reduced. fbi agents will be furloughed. federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks. they will add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment rolls. people will los
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Feb 19, 2013 12:00pm EST
entire economy at risk just to protect a few special interest tax loophole that is benefit only the healthiest americans and biggest corporations? that's the choice. >> while the cuts would put the gvt government on a path towards a debt reduction, they are inkrimtat or a lot like a meat clever. it would force the f.a.a. to regularly furlough 4,000 workers a day which accounts for more than 10% of its entire staff. 125,000 families would immediately lose rental assistance putting them at risk of homelessness, and the military's health insurance program would face a $3 billion shortfall, meaning retirees and dependents of active soldiers could lose their coverage. as congress heads into the frantic sprint to the deadline next week, how much influence will president obama have on republicans? a month ago the president signalled he would be doing more outreach towards capitol hill or at least more in-home entertaining. >> personal relationships are important, and obviously i can always do a better job and the nice thing is that now that my girls are getting older, they don't want to sp
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Feb 21, 2013 5:00pm EST
dirty world when you decide chopping down the government and hurting the economy is the smart move. but bring it all down is now the hard right battle cry. slash spending, short the pentagon. crew up traffic control whatever raises the noise level, bashes the democrats and lowers hope. is this the tea party dream? is this john boehner's version of feeding time at the zoo, giving the crazies what they want so they will sit in their seats and behave? is this final payment to insanity the last vestige of what calm republicanism is ready to cough up? but how else can you explain the readiness of the gop leadership to let this fraken stein's monster, it doomsday machine, this sequestration go all out berserk? how else can we understand the party of lincoln doing such economic damage to the republic, such damage and moral to the people. democrat ed rendell and republican michael steele. gentlemen, i want to start with you, michael, because i know you will disagree with me and that's what this is about. i read a lot of good reporting today, not analysis, but good reporting from your side of th
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Feb 16, 2013 12:00pm EST
economy. but because it's slower moving, there seems to be less impetus to get a deal done before the march 1st deadline. you're hearing maybe this would all be wrapped up and the continuing spending resolution, if that's not solved by the end of march could result in a government shutdown. there seems to be posturing for negotiating all at once, some time in march. looks like it's possible we'll go past the sequester. >> didn't the gop agree to the sequester deal? and if the gop wanted to stop it, they could have. how do you assess blaming the president for the sequester? >> i'm not sure that's really working out for them because it's true that both sides agreed to this. and now the president is saying, okay, i agreed to this but let's do something about it. the whole idea of the sequester is it would be such a bad thing that neither party would want to go through with it. we can disagree with the logic of even setting this up. but it is true that if you're the party that's refusing to do the negotiation, i think you're the one that looks bad. the fact that both sides agree to it but
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Feb 22, 2013 12:00pm EST
american middle class, a morrow bust economy? fans of history, facts, and economic data question the merits of trickle down economics. since ronald reagan took office, the government has eased the tax burden on the wealthiest americans. the result of three decades of tax cutting, according to a cbo report that republicans tried desperately to kill, "there is not conclusive evidence to substantiate a clear relationship between the 65-year steady reduction in the top tax rates and economic growth." so what is the legacy of the last three decades? staggering income disparity. the average household income has skyrocketed for the top 1% far outpacing the modest gains by the bottom 99%. in 2010 93% of income gains went to the top 1%. in 2011 the average .01%er made $23 million. that same year the average member of the bottom 90% made $30,000. according to the washington post given the gaping difference in income, it was hard to graph the disparity on the same chart. the past month and a half has shown just how vulnerable the middle and working class remain. as lawmakers battled over the bu
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